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China and Inner Asia Session 163

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Session 163: East Asian Maritime Security

Organizer: Thuy X. Tran, Independent Scholar, Viet Nam

Discussant: Navjot B. Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Our group includes three people (one organizer/chair, and one presenter/discussant and one discussant). The Organizer/Chair, Mr. Thuy, received his BA of International Relations in 2004 and MA of International Relations in 2008 at Institute for International Relations, Hanoi, Vietnam. Thuy’s research projects include “Live with bigger neighbour countries – Relation between Laos PDR and China”, a Ministry-level research, published in 2010, and “The Myanmar Issue and Implications to ASEAN and Vietnam – scenarios for Myanmar”, published in 2008. The Presenter, Miss. Trang, received her BA of International Economics in 2006 at Institute for International Relations, Hanoi, Vietnam; Master Candidate of International Relations at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Trang’s research projects include “Disputes in the Eastern Sea, and U.S. interests”, published in 2009 at Pacific Forum, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and “Trends of the U.S. and EU relations to the year of 2020”, a Ministry-level research, publish in 2008. The Discussant, Mr. Navjot, received his BA (Hons) History at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Delhi in 2002; MA in Politics (specialization in International Relations), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2004; Doctoral Candidate at Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Navjot’s research projects include “Monograph titled Sino-Indian Naval Rivalry”, United Service Institution of India, 2010; “India’s Maritime Security: A Bibliographic Voyage”, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, Vol. 17 (1), 2009. Three of us are members of Young Leaders Program of Pacific Forum, CSIS in Hawaii.

Maritime security in East Asia, and U.S. policy
Trang T. Pham, Independent Scholar, Viet Nam

Marine security environment in East Asia (North East Asia and South East Asia) has important changes in recent decades because of the development of globalization, science and technology, rising powers, and military modernization. The changes create the demand of cooperation among countries in East Asia and the Pacific to deal with regional challenges including protection of maritime security. Increasing threats to naval security such as terrorism, piracy, and disputes in nature resources raise the role of East Asian regional forums and institutions, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN plus three (China, Japan, South Korea), and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) which includes foreign ministers and delegation heads of 27 ARF participants. The ARF, with the participation of the U.S., exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest, established mechanisms and instruments for peace and regional stability including maintenance of peace, security and stability in the East Sea. One of the most priority concerns of the U.S. in Asia is maritime security, and its nautical interest, freedom of navigation which supports for U.S. economic, security and military interests in Asia-Pacific. To protect marine interests, the U.S. enhanced to display its naval power in the seas, strengthen relations with allies and partners, and support the cooperation in regional institutions to express its increasing engagement in marine security in East Asia.